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It’s week three of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin Challenge and I already see results. My skin is much smoother and  even-toned. For my third peel I decided to do another 50% glycolic acid. I prepped my skin as I normally do and this time I made sure to apply to medicated spray properly. I sprayed it directly onto my skin and waited about a minute until it dried completely. I was able to feel the numbing sensation from the spray, especially above my lip.

During the six minutes, the skin under my eyes and on my cheekbones showed the most irritation. My skin was red afterwards and slightly itchy. The next day I woke up with a small scab on my right cheekbone. At least I know it’s working! Bye-bye sunspots!

Next week I’m taking a break because I have an event to attend and I don’t want to go with red flakey skin! I’ve  upped my moisturization to three times a day and I have been using a BB cream  instead of regular foundation.

My skin really started to peel on the third day. To remove the flakes, I made sure to wash my face with my washcloth using a gentle circular motion. I noticed I shed a lot more skin this time around. I’m excited to see more results!

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Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Glam Glow is a mud mask that all the celebs have been raving about, so I decided to try it myself and I was impressed. Glam Glow is an exfoliating anti-aging facial mud mask. It’s formulated with volcanic pumice rock that exfoliates the skin; French sea clay which helps absorb oil and minimize pores; and green tea leaf which is a powerful antioxidant.

It’s a green mud mask that kind of smells like a mix of mint and licorice/anise. It glides on smoothly and has a warm tingling sensation. It tightens as it dries and you can actually see the green tea pieces on your face.

Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment removes impurities and toxins from your skin. It leaves skin looking fresh and glowing. I loved it, this mask is luxury and nature in a jar. It’s like a high-end spa treatment in the comfort of your own home. I’m so glad I tried this, especially since I have oily skin – it sops it all up! Areas of the face that overproduce oil, dry up darker than other areas. Glam Glow shows you exactly were your oily spots are and helps keep it under control.

You can use this once or twice a week as a full mask or as a spot treatment. Use it to treat acne, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs. Recommended for both sexes, Glam Glow is an all natural, vegan, paraben-free product.

Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment $69 also available at Sephora

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Miley Cyrus recently tweeted this picture of her holding a box of Glam Glow, she’s a fan too!

*photos courtesy of Glam Glow and Twitter

The list continues with some more interesting skincare ingredients. This group is packed with some of my all time favorites that I always make sure to look for and use.


Peptides are composed of amino acids and essentially work by sending “messages” or “commands” to skin cells. Some peptides can increase collagen production and other kinds aid in wrinkle reduction.


CoQ10 is a natural enzyme found in every cell. It helps fight the signs of aging by fending off free radicals.


Retinal is a form of vitamin A that helps stimulate collagen production and increase cell regeneration.


Salicylic Acid is used to treat acne and removes excess oil from skin.


Titanium Dioxide is a mineral added to sunscreens that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.


Here are some more common skincare ingredients, some help improve skin clarity while others protect your skin from dangerous UV rays.


Kojic Acid is derived from a Japanese mushroom. It inhibits melanin production and helps lighten skin discolorations and hyper pigmentation.


Lanolin is a waxy substance extracted from sheep wool. It is used in lip balm because it helps protect skin from free radicals and the harsh environment.


Mud is used to detoxify the skin. It’s an anti-inflammatory and contains minerals and trace elements that our bodies easily absorbs.


Niacinamide helps fight acne, fade scars and clears up skin discolorations. It also improves skin’s elasticity.


Oxybenzone is an ingredient in sunscreen that protects skin against UVB rays.

The list continues with some natural ingredients and some synthetic ingredients.


Fish Oil helps your skin regulate oil production. This increases hydration and helps prevent acne. It also helps protect against sun damage and may help repair previous damage.


Glycolic Acid comes from sugar cane and is an exfoliant that helps treat acne and is found in anti-aging treatments. It exfoliates skin and speeds up cell turn over.


Humectants are a type of cream or balm that helps skin retain its moisture. It actually pulls moisture from the air into your skin.


Idebenone is a synthetic antioxidant that fights wrinkles. It’s an anti-inflammatory and reduces UV cell damage and hyper pigmentation.


Jojoba oil is a popular ingredient found in most natural skincare and haircare products. It is an excellent moisturizer that helps skin maintain it’s moisture levels and is not greasy. It’s also has antifungal properties.

This mask is a must have for women with oily skin. The DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask has a blend of sulfur (10%), eucalyptus oil, aloe vera gel, bentonite and kaolin clays that help unclog pores and control oil production.

What These Ingredients Do!

The sulfur helps absorb excess oil from your face. The aloe vera helps soothe the skin and the eucalyptus oil is an anti-inflammatory which aids in healing breakouts. Bentonite clay absorbs toxins and impurities from the body. Kaolin clay is a common ingredient found in skin care and beauty products. It also absorbs impurities but without striping natural oils. This clay promotes circulation and exfoliates the skin.

Weekly use is recommended. After cleansing skin apply a thin layer and allow the mask to dry for at least five to ten minutes. You can also use this on your back and/or chest area. Once the mask dries, rinse it off. I suggest applying an oil free moisturizer afterwards.

I prefer to use it as an overnight spot treatment whenever I have a pimple. I use this mask mostly in the summer because there are days that I wake up with a lot of shine on my face. I will warn you though, this product does not have a long shelf life! Due to the nature of this product; if you don’t use, it will dry up in the container. It happened to me since I only used it occasionally. I wish they sold this in a travel size, I hate letting things go to waste!

*Winner of Allure’s Editor’s Choice Award. Available in a  4 oz. Jar.



Summer’s almost here so that means we need to super charge our sun protection regimen. MDSolarSciences SPF 50+ Ultra Mineral Screen Gel is great for those who have oily skin, acne, or for those who don’t like heavy sunscreens. It is also recommended for adults and children by the Skin Cancer Foundation, a major plus! Their formula is suitable for everyday use and it offers high SPF 50+ broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

I love the feel of this product, it absorbs easily into my skin and it does not leave my face feeling greasy. This is very surprising since it has such a high level of sun protection! My only complaint is that this sunscreen does leave a slight white cast on my face. This shouldn’t be an issue for those who have a lighter skin color. I wouldn’t recommend it for use under foundation, simply because it does leave a white sheen. Like I said it’s very minimal, so I still plan to use it at the beach or on non-makeup days. I should have ordered the tinted version instead. I will definitely consider it once this bottle finishes.

All in all, MDSolar Sciences is a great brand and offers a great product that’s water-resistant and non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores).

1.76 oz Bottle $24.95

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide 10.3%, Zinc Oxide 5.5%

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